NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Jamal Garner, Gallaudet University

NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Jamal Garner, Gallaudet University

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the fall semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight student-athletes from one of the conference's member institutions through a brief Q & A. Female student-athletes will be featured each Thursday followed by a male student-athlete spotlight each Friday. Today, we catch up with Jamal Garner from Gallaudet University.

Name: Jamal Garner
 Men's Basketball
Hometown: Jacksonville, Ill.

What is your current class year and major?

I am a senior with a double major in accounting and risk management and insurance.

Why did you choose to attend Gallaudet University?

I chose to attend Gallaudet because I wanted to pursue and obtain a bachelor's degree in accounting and risk management and insurance. Gallaudet University, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, allows me to communicate with professors, staff and friends through American Sign Language.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Gallaudet men's basketball team?

It means I am a member of a team that is like a family. It is an honor to be a student-athlete at GU.

If you could pick one favorite moment at Gallaudet, what would it be?

It would be my entire journey. I have had a great college life and deaf interaction on Gallaudet's campus.

What are your career aspirations or future goals?

My future goal is to pursue and obtain a master's degree in accounting and become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). My career aspiration is to become an accountant, claims adjustor, premium auditor, or work in finance.

Are you involved in additional activities, clubs, etc. on campus outside of athletics?

I am very active on campus as I am involved as the Treasurer of the Black Student Union, the Vice President of the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science and a member of the Kappa Gamma fraternity and the Business Student Council.

Give us three words that best describe being a Division III student-athlete. 

Commitment, Academics, Management

What is your pregame routine? Any superstitions? 

I think about my game preparation, try and relax, and clear my mind. I want to bring all of my energy to the game.

Share with us some of your favorites:

Food: Chicken wings

Professional Team or Player: Chicago Bulls

Movie: Uncle Drew

Class at Gallaudet: Accounting and RMI classes

Finally, what makes you #NEACStrong? 

My motivation and commitment to my team and school makes me #NEACStrong!

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: